How can I know if my student is struggling in a class?


Students will know before any grades are posted whether or not they are doing well or poorly in a class so your best source of information is always your student. You probably already know that asking “How are your classes?” will result in a short reply of “fine” so during a conversation you might ask your student “So, what is your hardest subject this semester?” depending on his or her answer you can usually determine if there will be a problem when grades are posted.

Students who specify struggling in one or two classes can often be helped by tutoring or extra assistance from one of the resources listed below. Students who are struggling with ALL their classes need to schedule a lengthy discussion with an academic advisor or counselor to help them identify their main challenges and plan a strategy to salvage the rest of the semester.